Soon after I decided that I was going to start blogging and pursue my dream of becoming a personal stylist, I saw promotion for a “cocktails with Claire” event in London. I enquired with one of my friends who was promoting the event about whether he thought it was worth going and he said most definitely! Claire Sulmers was hosting the event. She was a fashion icon and it would be a really good opportunity to network. And there it was! That dreaded word. Network. I dont know about you but I have a serious fear of networking. The thought of turning up to an event and trying to struck up conversation with people I have never met before literally makes me sick to the stomach. What would I say? What if i tried to talk to someone and they just smiled and kept it moving like I do to those poor charity workers on the street?What if the conversation falls flat on its face? There’s only so long you can pretend to look busy and content whilst scrolling through your phone. We have all been there!

Anyway whilst I was contemplating and procrastinating about whether I had the balls to go this event, I realised that she was also  releasing a book. If you know me well, you’ll know that I don’t hesitate when it comes to shopping. The book got copped fast fast! Unfortunately I didn’t go to the event in the end. I sat at home and stalked it on my Instagram stories like a loser. Hopefully in the future I will be sharing with you my tips on networking because it’s incredibly difficult to win without doing it well. Anyway this is indeed a book review so let’s get on with it!

What is the book about?

“The Bomb Life. My brand. My terms” is a memoir and self help book written by Claire Sulmers.  Many of you will have heard of the blog of which Claire is the founder and editor in chief.  The book takes you on a ride with Claire as she charts the highs and lows of her career and how she made it to where she is today. It is also a self help book so she touches on several things such as the art of growing and monetizing your blog.

“You have the power in your brain and at the end of your fingertips to create the life that you want.

Set concrete goals.

Write them down.

Put them somewhere you can see them when you wake up and go to sleep.

Tell anyone who will listen of your sometimes outrageous plans

Reach for the stars.

You’ll be surprised how many of your dreams and goals come through.”

Page 183 of “The Bomb Life. My Brand my terms by Claire Sulmers

Why should you read this book?

Admittedly, my driver for buying the book was my interest in fashion and blogging. If however you have no interest in either of these, I would still recommend the book and here’s why. The main thing I took away from this book is that you should never give up on your dreams. You may often need to disregard the opinions of others, even those who love you dearly. Things may get rough and it may seem like you are never going to get there but perseverance and self belief is the key. So if you want that promotion at work, are a budding or aspiring entrepreneur or are just looking for a pick me up, it is most definitely worth a read.

Claire Sulmers Instagram page 2017 @clairesulmers


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Thanks for reading

Shanna xxx

This is an honest review and I am not working in conjunction with Claire Sulmers or fashionbombdaily.

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The tragedy of bereavement is never going to be easy to deal with. Probably one of the most difficult things to cope with is that while your world feels like it has been blown apart, life goes on for everyone else. There is no right or wrong way to handle losing a loved one and what works for some may not work for others. Below are some tips which have helped me to pull through the loss of those close to me, so you too may find them useful;

Allow yourself time to grieve

Grieving is a natural part of the process. There are no set guidelines on how long you should grieve for. If you go to school, college or work full time, rushing back too soon may compound your stress. This could eventually lead to you being off for longer. If you need to take a break from your day- to- day routine then do so. Most employers have policies to support you with this but if not, your doctor will be able to help. In contrast you might find that keeping yourself busy is more effective for you.
Grief can be a rollercoaster. Often you will be fine for a period of time and then you will have a day or two where you’re missing your loved one and feel really low before feeling better again. In all honesty the grieving process may never end but you will find better ways to deal with it. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get back to “normal” and take each day as it comes.

Remember the good times

Talk about your loved one as frequently as you feel with family and friends. Keeping their memory alive can often make you feel better. You may wish to visit their memorial on milestones or when you feel like being close to them. Some people prefer not to visit the memorial often as they don’t find it comforting. This doesn’t mean you miss them any less. Do what’s right for you.

Think about what they would want you to achieve
Sometimes when you lose someone close to you, it can feel like life has lost some meaning and you may feel like giving up. One of the main things which can help you to pull through is remembering that your loved one would want you to be happy and would want to know that you achieved the things you set out to do in life. Draw strength from this as it will help you to keep pushing on.

I remember when my mum passed away, I felt like I wanted to escape. So that’s what I did… I started running. It’s no secret that exercise is good for us but it can also be really therapeutic. Whilst running may not be your thing, you might consider picking up an alternative such as yoga or even just walking. Exercising will help you to work through the range of emotions you are experiencing.

Talk to someone

Bottling up your feelings is never healthy in any situation. If you are feeling low, confide in a friend or family member. You may also consider talking to an independent professional as they may be able to offer you a different insight or perspective. If you are in education, you can find out if there is a counsellor who is attached to your school, college or University who you can talk to . Similarly if you’re working, many employers run an employees assistance programme which you will be able to tap into. Alternatively, you can speak to your doctor who will be able help or refer you on to a specialist.

It’s never easy moving on after losing someone close to you but just remember that they would want nothing more than to see you enjoying yourself and living life to the fullest.

As always thanks for reading

Shanna xxx